After a president has been in office for a while, their administration starts to become known for something. Ronald Reagan was known as the great communicator, for example. Joe Biden’s administration is starting to be known as the ‘walk Joe back presidency.’
If you have been paying attention to the president’s Europe trip at all, you will have noticed that the President’s communication team had to walk back Joe Biden’s public statements at least four times. Biden has zero message discipline, and he cannot be depended upon to keep his comments within the stated policy of the United States. It has gotten so bad that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has blamed the gaffes on the President’s race. The excuses have jumped the shark when your Irish heritage becomes the focal point of blame.
Joe Biden is the commander-in-chief. But that has not stopped one of his generals from contradicting him directly in public. Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of United States European Command, said this week that “I do not believe we are in the process of currently training military forces from Ukraine in Poland. There are liaisons that are there that are being given advice, and that’s different than I think you’re referring to with respect to training.” This directly refutes the statement by the president, where he was ironically trying to walk back his own remarks to servicemembers that they would be going to Ukraine, that the US was training Ukrainian forces in Poland. Twenty years ago, this would have gotten you demoted but today everyone understands that it is just a presidential clean-up.
These sorts of gaffes by the president would be ok if it were peace time and the United States economy was humming smoothly. When you are winning, people are willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. That is not the case currently. The United States is fighting a proxy war with Russia (which has nukes, by the way), and inflation is tanking our economy. America needs strong leadership, but our political class is forced to spend all its time cleaning up after feckless Joe Biden.